Quarwood in Lower Swell was built in 1856-59 for the Reverend Robert William Hippisley at
a cost of £8,000. The house was designed by the Gothic architect John Loughborough Pearson,
who had previously built Treberfydd in Breconshire for Hippisley's brother-in-law, Robert Raikes.
Pearson also supervised restoration work at numerous cathedrals, including Bristol and Exeter,
and designed Truro Cathedral, completed in 1910. He also restored the church of St Edward in
Stow-on-the-Wold, where the Reverend Hippisley had been rector since 1844. Sadly Quarwood
was altered in 1954-58 by Sir Denys Colquhoun Flowerdew Lowson, resulting in the loss of most
of Pearson's work. The house was owned for 27 years by John Entwistle, bass player in the rock
group 'The Who', until his death in 2002, shortly after which his family were obliged to sell the
estate. The above photograph was kindly provided by Piet Pulford, the present owner.